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China sets int’l standards for coding Tibetan language
update:November 20,2017

Nov. 20, 2017 -- Nyima Tashi, professor at Tibet University, has been working on Tibetan language software development for nearly 30 years. From 1994 to 1997, Nyima led a research team in setting the international standards for "Tibetan coded character sets for information exchange", making Tibetan the first ethnic minority language in China to form an international standard.

The standard has been adopted by the Tibetan language system used in social network software, E-mail and short messaging services, said Nyima.

Tibetan language is a kind of alphabetic writing with a two-dimensional structure. Before the standard was set, Tibetan information processing was quite difficult and could not be transmitted, which had restricted the informationization and modernization of the Tibetan language.

“Without the Tibetan language system, I could only communicate with my foreign peers by translating Tibetan to Latin, but now it is much more convenient,” said Tsedan Tashi, professor of Tibetan history at Tibet University.

The system has also benefited ordinary people such as Tashi Dhondup, a young man who lives in Lhasa. It was hard to search Tibetan songs on the Internet because there was no input method for Tibetan language, but now things are different, he said.

By: Shi Dongdong

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